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Business planning gurus cross swords in this week's Business Voice over the nature of a meaningful business plan.

When you scratch a little, though, the key points are common sense. Focus on profit, remain flexible and drive for success.

With the chill winds of winter blowing across the landscape dominated by cranes, pile drivers and road blocks, looking ahead is exactly what most of us are currently doing.

Westender is busy planning a networking event for early September at which we will reveal our plans for Business Voice. Watch this space. 

Professor Paul Steffens

Business plan controversy over breakfast

Professor Paul Steffen from QUT delivered a bombshell with breakfast at the South West Chamber of Commerce last week.

“Our research indicates that business plans are worse than useless,” he said.

His research into Innovation and Entrepreneurship indicates that flexibility in response to market demand is a far more important tool for success. He believes that sayings such as “If … Read more.

Business plan - the essence

Feds provide business plan templates

Investing time and focus in creating a business plan is one of the most valuable activities you can undertake.

Creating a well-structured business plan will give you direction and help your business become a success. A business plan provides a roadmap for your business's future and is essential to attracting funding. A business plan is vital for … Read more.

Small business week

Host an event for Queensland Small Business Week

Hosting an event during Queensland Small Business Week is the perfect opportunity to increase your brand recognition, transfer knowledge beneficial to small businesses, and align your organisation with the Queensland Government's premier small business event. You can host an activity or event anywhere in Queensland, as long as it helps anyone wanting to: start or grow a business gain new … Read more.

Peter Strong CoSBoA

Productivity gab-fest in Bleak-City

Brisbanians generally venture to Victoria in August to experience the bracing delights of the snowfields but the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) encourages us to get down there this August to talk about Productivity.

COSBOA president Peter Strong, pictured, reminisces about the warmth of last year's summit here in Southbank ... It’s on again, and it seems like yesterday … Read more.

Find out how Yellow Brick Road can help you

Lie spotting: Recognising
the signs of deception

Who to trust? What to believe? Most of us are no better than chance spotting deception; including most professional investigators!

In just a 10-minute conversation, two strangers will lie to each other 3 times. 83% of respondents to an anonymous survey admitted to lying in job interviews.

What if you could learn the clues of deception from the face, voice, body and … Read more.

Southbank figs

Southbank businesses vie for Sustainability Award

The BSB Sustainability Award is open for nominations. The Award recognises the sustainability activities and initiatives of BSB members throughout 2014.

This year there is no set criteria and the Award is open to members to share their unique sustainability story in 300 - 400 words. The Award will close on Tuesday 30 September 2014. Judging will be finalised in … Read more.

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